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FHA sump pump operation

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frozone

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Ok. This is a first for me. I have a client requesting a comment on whether the sump pump is working properly. This is not in a flood zone either. I've never come accross that. I also do not know of it being a FHA requirement. Of course FHA has the "examine and turn all applicable mechanical systems" requirement, but a sump pump? Unless I stand there with a hose and start filling I cant really make a comment like that.

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RSW

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I would say that the sump pump appears to be in working order since there was no water in the basement or crawl space. The key word is appears.
 

Jerry Bone Jr

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You could call the owner & ask the question. Then make the comment, "Per Owner, the sump pump is working properly."
 

Craig Farr

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If the device is vertical-action or tethered float just reach down and pull the float up by the connecting rod/cable. It should kick on. If it is a diaphragm float, I don't know what to suggest.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Beyond my scope of work! Beyond my area of expertise. Beyond reason why they asked for such a statement...never seen such a thing!
 

timd354

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Ok. This is a first for me. I have a client requesting a comment on whether the sump pump is working properly. This is not in a flood zone either. I've never come accross that. I also do not know of it being a FHA requirement. Of course FHA has the "examine and turn all applicable mechanical systems" requirement, but a sump pump? Unless I stand there with a hose and start filling I cant really make a comment like that.

What says you all?

I say tell them to hire a home inspector if they want someone to verify that the sump pump works. There is no way in hell I would make a comment that the sump pump works....I am not going to take on the liability for the flood damage when the sump pump fails during a heavy rain 2 months after I complete the appraisal.
 

Don Clark

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Call your contact at the weather bureau and ask them to start a flood:rof::rof:

You can lift the float and make the statement that it either came on or not. I would not make any statement that it is in average, good or bad operating condition, just that it comes on and shuts off. You and I are not qualified to make a statement as to it's performance.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Sure sounds like a "home inspection" rather than an appraisal issue.
 
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